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MasFIRA : multi-agent-simulation on family dynamics and intra-family resource allocation

MasFIRA : Multi-Agenten-Simulation zu Familiendynamiken und intra-familiärer Ressourcenallokation
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Neuwirth, Norbert

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Corporate Editor Österreichisches Institut für Familienforschung an der Universität Wien
Abstract "Structural family dynamics - partners' matching processes, stability of families, occurrence of divorces, and fertility - are handled quite differently within social sciences. While sociologists and psychologists primarily tend to investigate these topics with depth-grounded methods, economic theory and empirical approaches rely on comparably straightforward models of rational behaviour. Individuals ('agents') differ by endowments - talents, human capital stocks, property, integration in social networks, ... - and by their preferences. Most approaches abstract from these differences as economic models of household behaviour discuss the issues subjected by parameteriseable utility functions subject to endowment constraints held as general as possible. Therefore, economic models can come to unambiguous results of the optimisation problem of a prototype agent, but agents' behavioural heterogeneity is systematically neglected. This is the documentation of a demo-version of an agent-based simulation environment, where well developed miroeconomic models of family dynamics and fertility behaviour, intra-household decisions and resource allocations, human capital investment, time allocation and labour supply are condensed to a - still compact - dynamic model. In section 2 the underlying economic models will be presented, followed by a general description of ABS programs (section 3). The concept of masFIRA will presented in section 5, followed by the description of some simulation runs in chapter 6. The paper concludes in an outlook (7). The program code is appended after the literature index." (author's abstract)

"Dies ist die Dokumentation der agenten-basierten Simulationsplattform 'masFIRA', die entwickelt wurde, um Implikationen von spieltheoretischen Modellen betreffend Partnersuchprozesse, intra-familiärer Ressourcenallokation und Fertilitätsverhaltens zu demonstrieren. Die Plattform ist nach wie vor in Weiterentwicklung, deshalb ist diese Dokumentation auch als Status Report der bis Ende 2004 implementierten Module zu betrachten." (Autorenreferat)
Keywords game theory; choice of partner; partnership; partner relationship; loss of partner; fertility rate; fertility; family; family formation; married couple; divorce; human capital; social behavior; social network; work-family balance; microeconomics; time factor; time budget
Classification Family Sociology, Sociology of Sexual Behavior; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method descriptive study; documentation; basic research; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2004
City Wien
Page/Pages 40 p.
Series Working Paper / Österreichisches Institut für Familienforschung, 44
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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